Should You Really Try Adding Salt to Your Coffee?

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As unnatural as it sounds, adding salt to coffee has been a thing for a long time and has become quite popular in recent years. The trend has caused outrage among most coffee lovers, who are used to adding all sorts of sweet things like sugar and creamer to their morning drinks. But is this really such a bad idea as it sounds?

Why Do People Add Salt to Coffee

There are several reasons why some people add salt to their coffee and most of them are actually backed by science. According to coffee expert Sara Marquart, the salt rounds up the flavor of the coffee and negates bitterness. “Salt naturally brings out the sweetness of coffee and maintains pleasant aromas,” Marquart told Perfect Daily Grind.

Marquart explained that salt in your coffee results in an effect called “crossmodal perception.” Your taste buds are exposed to bitterness and saltiness at the same time, causing the bitterness to tone down while other tastes get enhanced. This allows you to feel coffee’s natural sweetness.

Should You Try Adding Salt to Your Coffee?

While it seems like a radical idea, you should try adding salt to your coffee. This is especially if you can’t stand the bitterness or/and want to cut back on sugar and sweeteners. The recommended dose is half a teaspoon of salt for a large cup of coffee. Who knows? Maybe you will end up liking it.